Apparently, there’s no business like showbusiness and nothing says showbusiness quite like a Broadway musical. This most famous of New York streets runs for some 18 miles, 15 of which run from Manhattan to the Bronx before it leaves the city and eventually ends in Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County.
Since then some of the world’s most famous musicals have been performed on Broadway, such as Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and South Pacific as well as some more modern classics such as Wicked and The Lion King.
So what are the must see shows of 2013? We teamed up with discount Broadway tickets specialist NewYork60 to bring you the top three shows to see if you get across to the Big Apple next year…
Spider-Man – Turn Off The Dark
Spider-Man is probably not the first name that springs to mind when you think of Broadway musicals but this show is even more spectacular than the famous New York-based comic books.
The story tells of how mild-mannered Peter Parker became Spider-man after being bitten by a genetically altered spider. Before he knows it Parker is thrust into battle against the evil Green Goblin and learns that with great power comes great responsibility.
The story is suspense-filled from the start and has some of the most breathtaking aerial acrobatics you are ever likely to see – with many of the set-piece fights taking place directly above the audience to an impressive U2-composed score.a
It’s not hard to see how this is the most expensive musical in Broadway history and is must see for comic geeks and arachnophobes alike.
When a musical is produced by Disney, you know it’s going to be something special, and Newsies doesn’t disappoint.
Like Spider-Man, this musical is set in New York City and tells of the newsboy strike of 1899 when a gang of street kids took on some of the most powerful newspaper moguls in the United States after they tried to squeeze them for more money for each paper they sold – think of your local newsagent getting into a face-off with Rupert Murdoch and you’re getting there.
A great, heartwarming show with some stunning dance routines, Newsies is one that all the family will enjoy and will inspire everyone who sees it – even the most curmudgeonly of Daily Mail readers!
Based on the songs of Swedish pop sensations ABBA, Mamma Mia has been enjoyed by more than 40million people since it opened in 1990, was turned into a hit movie in 2008 and is now considered to be a bona-fide Broadway classic.
The story tells of Sophie, a 20-year-old who lives on a small Greek island with her hotel-owner mum, Donna. Her mum never tells Sophie who her father is so she tries to find out for herself by inviting three men who she thinks it may be to her wedding.
It soon turns into an hilarious and heartwarming story of romance, reunions and a revival of lost love.
Another one for all the family, the catchy ABBA tunes, fast-paced story and fantastic costumes will tap into everyone’s disco diva and old romantic.